Players Championship 2014 Prize Money: Complete Purse Earnings from TPC Sawgrass

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Players Championship 2014 Prize Money: Complete Purse Earnings from TPC Sawgrass
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Martin Kaymer is $1.8 million richer after a gritty finish saw him take the 2014 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday at 13 under. 

Kaymer held on for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Furyk will undoubtedly lament another close loss, but pocketing just over $1 million for second will help him get over it.

The payouts at this tournament are elite. 

One of the main factors for this prestigious tournament being known as the unofficial fifth major is the massive purse. It offered this year's field $10 million in payouts. 

As Kyle Porter of CBSSports.com points out, that purse is matched on the PGA calendar only by the PGA Championship. 

Have a look at the final leaderboard and payouts, and then I'll take a closer look at Sunday's exciting action: 

2014 Players Championship Leaderboard and Payouts
Pos. Golfer To Par Total Earnings
1 Martin Kaymer -13 275 $1,800,000
2 Jim Furyk -12 276 $1,080,000
3 Sergio Garcia -11 277 $680,000
T4 Justin Rose -10 278 $440,000
T4 Jordan Spieth -10 278 $440,000
T6 Jimmy Walker -9 279 $313,000
T6 Rory McIlroy -9 279 $313,000
T6 Lee Westwood -9 279 $313,000
T6 David Hearn -9 279 $313,000
T6 Francesco Molinari -9 279 $313,000
T11 Brian Davis -8 280 $240,000
T11 Gary Woodland -8 280 $240,000
T13 K.J. Choi -7 281 $187,500
T13 Chris Kirk -7 281 $187,500
T13 Steve Stricker -7 281 $187,500
T13 George McNeill -7 281 $187,500
T17 Russell Henley -6 282 $135,333
T17 Justin Hicks -6 282 $135,333
T17 Brian Stuard -6 282 $135,333
T17 Morgan Hoffmann -6 282 $135,333
T17 Matt Kuchar -6 282 $135,333
T17 Matt Jones -6 282 $135,333
T23 Marc Leishman -5 283 $96,000
T23 Hideki Matsuyama -5 283 $96,000
T23 Daniel Summerhays -5 283 $96,000
T26 Billy Horschel -4 284 $69,500
T26 Brendan Steele -4 284 $69,500
T26 Kevin Chappell -4 284 $69,500
T26 Zach Johnson -4 284 $69,500
T26 Bill Haas -4 284 $69,500
T26 Bo Van Pelt -4 284 $69,500
T26 Ryan Moore -4 284 $69,500
T26 John Senden -4 284 $69,500
T34 Russell Knox -3 285 $52,750
T34 Erik Compton -3 285 $52,750
T34 Scott Langley -3 285 $52,750
T34 Henrik Stenson -3 285 $52,750
T38 Luke Donald -2 286 $38,000
T38 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano -2 286 $38,000
T38 Kevin Na -2 286 $38,000
T38 Jamie Donaldson -2 286 $38,000
T38 Charley Hoffman -2 286 $38,000
T38 Angel Cabrera -2 286 $38,000
T38 Adam Scott -2 286 $38,000
T38 Rory Sabbatini -2 286 $38,000
T38 Justin Leonard -2 286 $38,000
T38 Stewart Cink -2 286 $38,000
T48 Retief Goosen -1 287 $24,073
T48 Jeff Maggert -1 287 $24,073
T48 Charl Schwartzel -1 287 $24,073
T48 Pat Perez -1 287 $24,073
T48 J.J. Henry -1 287 $24,073
T48 Martin Flores -1 287 $24,073
T48 Charlie Beljan -1 287 $24,073
T48 Jason Dufner -1 287 $24,073
T48 Steven Bowditch -1 287 $24,073
T48 Bubba Watson -1 287 $24,073
T48 Brandt Snedeker -1 287 $24,073
T59 Ryan Palmer E 288 $22,000
T59 Dustin Johnson E 288 $22,000
T59 John Peterson E 288 $22,000
T62 Graeme McDowell +1 289 $21,500
T62 Scott Brown +1 289 $21,500
64 Freddie Jacobson +2 290 $21,200
T65 Richard Lee +3 291 $20,800
T65 Ian Poulter +3 291 $20,800
T65 Scott Stallings +3 291 $20,800
68 Sang-Moon Bae +4 292 $20,400
69 Geoff Ogilvy +5 293 $20,200
70 Brendon de Jonge +6 294 $20,000
71 Kyle Stanley +7 295 $19,800
- Ernie Els MDF 219 $19,400
- Seung-yul Noh MDF 219 $19,400
- John Huh MDF 219 $19,400
- John Merrick MDF 220 $18,900
- Jonas Blixt MDF 220 $18,900
- Stuart Appleby MDF 221 $18,400
- John Rollins MDF 221 $18,400
- Rickie Fowler MDF 221 $18,400
- Chris Stroud MDF 222 $17,900
- Joost Luiten MDF 222 $17,900
- Jeff Overton MDF 225 $17,600

Source: ESPN

Kaymer began the final round tied for the lead with Jordan Spieth. With Spieth struggling on Sunday while Kaymer was making it look easy, the former world No. 1 opened up a comfortable lead. 

Spieth wound up shooting a 74 on Sunday and finished tied for fourth, which won him $440,000. 

Then rain halted Kaymer's momentum. The German was through 13 holes when play was suspended, and he owned a three-stroke lead on Furyk. After play was suspended for over an hour, Kaymer returned to the course a different, shakier player. 

With Furyk in the clubhouse, Kaymer stepped up to the iconic 17th tee and missed the island green and barely found a dry resting spot on a thin patch of rough. He looked like he was still going to lose his lead after a difficult chip left him nearly 30 feet from the hole. 

He was left with a bending putt, and he drilled it.

ESPN's Skip Bayless highlighted what an impressive and important putt this was: 

Kaymer then played a solid 18th and carded a par, the victory and his massive payday. 

Sergio Garcia continued his great play at this tournament and finished third to pocket $680,000. Perhaps that tidy payday improved his mood after coming close and falling short. The Spaniard tweeted this following his round: 

Kaymer's win was a popular one. He is a likable golfer with supreme talent, but he's been scuffling.

Kaymer hasn't had much success over the past few years. This was his first win since the 2011 HSBC Champions in Shanghai and his only top-10 finish thus far in 2014. Kaymer has his easy, fluid swing in a groove once again, however, and I expect him to appear on a few more leaderboards this season. 

On top of his excellent ball striking, Kaymer showed the kind of mental toughness it takes to be a consistent factor. 

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